As a result of the ongoing presence of COVID-19, changes have occurred to the delivery and assessment of the Police Foundation program. Further information will be provided prior to commencing your training at the Academy.
Your journey to becoming part of Victoria Police begins at the Victoria Police Academy, Glen Waverley with 31 weeks structured training. While you will be paid from day one of your training, you will need dedication and commitment to succeed in a structured training environment.
What to expect
We believe reward comes from effort, the training you will undertake is comprehensive and both physically and academically challenging. You may need to undertake additional study in the evenings and maintain your fitness outside of class times.
You can expect this to be an intense and demanding period of your life therefore during this time support from family and friends is important.
Your experience at the Academy will expose you to learning from specialist lecturers, reality-based training, simulations, eLearning, practical scenarios, case studies and problem-based learning to develop into a operationally ready first responder with Victoria Police.
The usual training hours at the Academy are:
- 7.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday
- You are expected to be in uniform by 7.00am
- These hours may be subject to variations including, but not limited to:
- Police Graduation Days 7.00am to 2.20pm (every second Thursday)
- Afternoon shifts - Weeks 18, 20 and 24 1:20pm to 8:40pm (subject to time variations)
'On the job' Dedicated Training Workplace field placements (weeks 13, 21, 22, 23, 28). Hours are subject to work location rostering
For these shift variations, Police recruits who have carer or other responsibilities may need to secure additional support as required.
Structure of the Police Foundation Training Program
Your initial training with Victoria Police is undertaken within the first 2 years and 13 weeks of your employment.
Structure of training
Accommodation at the Academy
It is not compulsory to live-in while training, however, if you live more than 30km from the Academy and if you choose to do so, you will have dormitory-style accommodation, meals from Monday to Friday, computer access, extensive physical training facilities and an environment conducive to study. Recruits residing within the Academy during their training period will be required to pay a fee which is currently set at $489.80 per fortnight and includes meals and accommodation.
The Academy Smoking Policy provides for a smoke-free environment for all employees at Victoria Police Academy, except for two designated smoking points. This applies to all employees, visitors and contractors while on the Academy premises. Smoking is only be permitted during designated breaks at the nominated smoking points.
Reviewed 30 October 2020